Deer Season Countdown
Inside the Outdoors, November 25
, 2011

I remember when I was in the art business, and one of the prints I sold displayed hundred of hunters heading into and through the woods at one time. It made people laugh. As a result, many people bought the print.

But really, it’s no laughing matter. What the artist displayed was the truth. The Monday after Thanksgiving, nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange will be doing the above throughout Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.

“Pennsylvania’s deer season has a dramatic and beneficial effect on the commonwealth, as it provides hunters a chance to put venison in the freezer,” Roe said. “In addition to being a rich part of our state’s heritage, deer season is critical in managing Pennsylvania’s whitetails. The efforts of hunters are far-reaching; they help to keep deer populations in check, and enable the agency to meet deer management goals that benefit those who reside, visit or travel through this state.”

There will be a change in antler restrictions for certain Wildlife Management Units this year. This applies to WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D. Under the new plan, hunters need to identify three antler points, not including the brow tine, which is the point immediately above the antler burr. He also said WMUs 2A, 2F and 3B have been added to split-season structure, in which the first five days are open for antlered deer only and the remaining seven days are open for antlered and antlerless deer.

Deer season will open with a five-day, antlered deer-only season in WMUs 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3B 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. It is followed in these WMUs by seven days of concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer hunting beginning Dec. 3, and continuing through Dec. 10. The rest of the state follows the two-week concurrent, antlered and antlerless season – Nov. 28 – Dec. 10 that has been in place since 2001.

Those participating in the upcoming deer season will be able to file their mandatory harvest reports through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s online system; the toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone harvest reporting system, which is I-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681; or via postage-paid postcard.

To report a deer harvest online, go to the game Commission’s website (, click on “Report Your Harvest” above the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column, click on “You can link to PALS by clicking here,” check “Harvest Reporting,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page, choose the method of validating license information, and click on the checkbox for the harvest tag being reported. A series of options will appear for a hunter to report a harvest. After filling in the harvest information, click on the “Continue” button to review the report and then hit the “Submit button to complete the report. Failing to hit the “Submit” button will result in a harvest report not being completed.


Just received word from an officer of Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited that Dr. Cynthia Walter’s biology students of St. Vincent College got out into the field recently to observe first-hand, some coldwater conservation projects completed by the FTTU.

After giving a tour of trout stream habitat improvements in Laughlintown, Waterford and Ligonier, TU members were given the opportunity look over the college’s new $39 million, 110,000 square feet Sis and Herman Dupre Science Pavilion, a state-of-the-art educational facility. FTTU members were then given the opportunity to speak about how trout fishing can improve a person’s quality of life as well as improve the quality of our environment.

Students were reminded success in college implies more than achieving an academic degree and earning more money It suggest taking their place alongside volunteer in organizations like TU as good stewards of our planet. There were also reminded that preserving American’s trout streams has quantifiable economic benefits. It increases tourism, employment and property values in communities in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.

In that spirit, they were invited to volunteer in future TU projects as a way to begin contributing to their community as well as to better achieve their college science course requirements.


Catch you next week. Remember, have a story, email me.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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